Refugee Week

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

A Global Welcome

Angela Junanto | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Angela Junanto

I have lived in many places. Togo, France and Indonesia have all been my home and I know that when we move to a new country, a warm welcome makes all the difference.

From Syria With Love

Alison Williams | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Alison Williams

Ahmad is a Syrian Kurd who fled Isis. After his death-defying escape from Syria, he arrived in the UK via the region's refugee camps, offered sanctuary in the UK through the government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and has received the warmest of welcomes thanks to the people of Totnes.

Refugee Week - The Other Major Event This Week

Bishop Paul Butler | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Bishop Paul Butler

This is a momentous week for Britain. Undoubtedly the contentious issue of migration, both internally in the EU and from the rest of the world, will b...

The British Response to Refugees - The Better Side of Us

Daniel Singleton | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

What is clear is that the referendum debate is not a narrow discussion of whether we want to remain in the EU or not. Underneath the presented issues of In and Out, the civil war in the Conservative party, the loss of the working class by the Labour party and the near silence of the Lib Dems, is a more fundamental question - what sort of country do we want to be? Neither Remain nor Leave has won the moral high ground, as neither of them has tried to take it.

How Are Anti-Asylum Arguments Justified?

Simon Goodman | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Politics
Simon Goodman

Arguments against asylum seekers are designed to present their users as caring about others, fair and non-prejudiced, while at the same time supporting policies which seem to be quite the opposite.

Why Does Our Collective Empathy So Often Fail to Manifest in Our Treatment of Refugees?

Baroness Chakrabarti | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK
Baroness Chakrabarti

Refugees consistently face some of the toughest choices imaginable - whether to stay where they are and face rape, torture or death or leave behind their family, everything they have and know to embark on a dangerous - all too often fatal - flight into the unknown. Here's where I'm supposed to say: 'Imagine if it were you, facing such a choice. Imagine if it were your mother or brother". But you don't need to be patronised. We're all more than capable of empathy. Yet we continue to treat refugees with ignorance and even contempt. Why does our collective empathy so often fail to manifest in our treatment of such a vulnerable group?

Celebrating Refugees' Gifts

Maurice Wren | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Maurice Wren

As their stories demonstrate so compellingly, refugees contribute hugely to the lives of everyone in the UK, by enriching our culture, our commerce and our communities, and by showing us that compassion is a hallmark of a strong and open society.